THE best young schoolboy rugby union players in the Lower Mid North Coast region have begun training for the Coast to Country Cup at Tuncurry on September 17.
Otherwise known as the C2C Cup, the tournament brings the cream of New South Wales Country to the one locality for sudden-death play-offs at Under-14 and Under-16 level, for boys and girls.
Players from Taree Christian College, Chatham High, Manning Valley Anglican College, Bulahdelah Central, Gloucester High and the Forster Campus of Great Lakes College are involved in the program.
Leading referee and prominent advocate of youth rugby, former MNC Zone president, Graham Sonter, ran the first training session at the Wallamba Bulls' ground at Nabiac last Sunday and was heartened by the attendance. Training will continue this Sunday from 10am.
Sonter took the U14 and U16 squads to Coffs Harbour for the MNC qualifying round of the C2C Cup with the U14's winning all three of their games and the U16's winning one of their three matches.
The Forster-Tuncurry Dolphins' premiership-winning coach, Ron McCarthy, and former Gloucester Cockies halfback, Rob Seale, have assisted in preparing the players.
Sonter has offered to visit schools and speak to players about taking part in the C2C Cup program before the Cup finals. Any school interested should ring Mr Sonter on 0417.435.113